The last presidential debate ignored climate change. As Kelly Rigg puts it,
Think of our CO2 emissions pathway as a superhighway, down which we are barrelling at breakneck speed. Up ahead is a brick wall spanning the highway. It's not a wall of climate impacts -- we are already experiencing those and more are unavoidable whatever we do. The wall is the point of no return, the moment when our emissions cross the threshold between dangerous climate change and globally catastrophic climate change.
... our elected leaders are blithely ignoring the world's climate scientists, most of whom are too polite to actually shout. But make no mistake, scientists are telling us to take our foot off the accelerator pedal and hit the brakes... fast.
... if you think there's only a marginal difference between a 2° and 4° world (which are just off-ramps along the superhighway to a 6° world or higher) think again. Consider this quotefrom climate scientists Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows:
"There is a widespread view that a 4 degrees C future is incompatible with an organised global community, is likely to be beyond "adaptation," is devastating to the majority of ecosystems, and has a high probability of not being stable (i.e., 4 degrees C would be an interim temperature on the way to a much higher equilibrium level)."
Now we know the candidates failed.
My litmus test is the profligate recreational use of fuel (auto racing, boats, jetskis, etc., etc): no society that is serious about climate change burns fossil fuels for its own amusement. It's not gonna stop, and we're screwed.
I would have to agree Alan.
Thanks, Steph. And I really wanted to be an optimist about the future of the human race (faith in technology to solve any problem), but the more I learn -- endless wars, ecological devastation, waste of resources, fossil fuel depletion, presence of WMDs in the hands of crazy people, water shortages, overpopulation, and now climate change -- the less interest I have in seeing how it all turns out. Upside: the worst won't happen till after I'm gone.
Alan, with all the "peaks" and breakdown coming in our generation, I have to agree with your assessment, "Upside: the worst won't happen till after I'm gone."
That said, make every day worth living, to engage in disputes/debates with full knowledge I have nothing to lose and may gain some time for future generations, to not be concerned with making friends, to make the kinds of friends that can see and understand what is happening and why, who seek healthy alternatives, and have fun doing it.
And dance to your fine rhythms
Joan, I am delighted and honored that you pulled together all my clips - even some that I'd forgotten about. Someday we will have an atheists' gathering at your place or mine, and I'll play live. OK? All best, Alan
Excellent point, Alan!
Thanks, Ruth. You mean about not being around for the end? I've already seen it many times, in movies. Also saw an interesting documentary about what the world will look like 500 yeara fter we're gone.
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My litmus test is the profligate recreational use of fuel (auto racing, boats, jetskis, etc., etc): no society that is serious about climate change burns fossil fuels for its own amusement.
As a senior citizen I used to think the worst won't happen till after I'm gone. And while that's still true, Climate Destabilization is unfolding more and more rapidly: Haboob, Derecho, Wildfires rampant, superstorms, record drought and heat wave, melting Arctic, etc. We will live to see a lot of degradation.
Thanks for amplifying Alan's incisive words with compelling pictures!
Ruth, as usual, you make powerful points with your photos and prose.